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TIES 2013 CONFERENCE
TRANSFORMING PEDAGOGY WITH TECHNOLOGY


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Monday, December 16
 

8:00am

50 Web Tools for 21st-Century Skills
Tired of web sites and tools being thrown at you without context as to where they fit into the world of education? This fast-paced session will show some of the best free web tools for education and connect the tools to Bloom's Taxonomy and 21st-century skills.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Raymo

Brandon Raymo

Assistant Director, Minnesota River Valley Education District
I am the Assistant Director of the Minnesota River Valley Education District in Montevideo, MN. I have been in this position for 3 years. Previous to coming to the MRVED, I taught high school social studies at Yellow Medicine East in Granite Falls, MN. I completed my undergraduate... Read More →


Monday December 16, 2013 8:00am - 8:50am
Lakeshore C

8:00am

Engaging Readers with Technology
This session will explore web 2.0 tools for digital storytelling, podcasting and visual vocabulary that engage learners and guide them to deeper reading. Also shared will be resources for developing reading strategies along with collaborative work using Google tools.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Wisneski

Sandy Wisneski

Lead Teacher, Catalyst Charter Middle School
Sandy Wisneski is lead teacher at Catalyst Charter Middle School, which opened in the fall of 2013. She is the district Webmaster, tech mentor, and yearbook advisor, as well as IE mentor. Over the past 40 years she obtained her masters in reading, became certified as a Flat Classroom... Read More →


Monday December 16, 2013 8:00am - 8:50am
Greenway H/I

8:00am

Teach from the Beach? Connecting Beyond the Classroom
How can you connect with students when you aren't physically present? We will demonstrate how to use Todaysmeet, Screencast, Edmodo, Twitter, Facebook and more to connect. Even if you haven't dreamed of teaching from a beach, this session will help you engage students whether you are physically present or not.

Speakers
avatar for Callie Bush

Callie Bush

Science Teacher, IB Leader, Fridley IB World Schools
Hi! I currently teach 9th grade Physics at Fridley High School, but have taught a variety of sciences in grades 7-12 over the past 20 years. The focus of my professional practice is access and equity issues along with the use of standards-based assessment and grading practices. I... Read More →
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Jim Miller

Math Teacher, Fridley IB World Schools
Math Teacher at Fridley Public Schools


Monday December 16, 2013 8:00am - 8:50am
Calhoun

11:00am

Blending Technologies: Let the Learning Begin
Transform your classroom into an active learning environment! Learn how you can create a mash-up of technologies and build easy-to-manage lessons for students to take charge of their learning journey in a way that’s tailored to their learning style. This presentation is for blenders, flippers and any teacher who has passion for differentiated instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Fruin

Carolyn Fruin

Program Manager - School of Ed, Capella University
I am excited to have the opportunity to develop professional development and degree programs for integrating instructional technology into the classroom - making sure its not "just another fad". I spent 20 years as a DIY teacher and am glad to finally be able to contribute to the... Read More →


Monday December 16, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am
Lake Superior A

11:00am

Digital Writing with Google Apps and the Web
Digitize the writing process with Google Apps for Education. In this session, we will walk through prewriting, drafting, editing, revising and publishing, all with Google Apps. We will also explore other Web 2.0 ways that you can publish digital writing across all grade levels.

Speakers
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Tracy Purdy

Director of Online Learning, EdTechTeam
Tracy Purdy has been a 4th grade and 6th grade teacher for the past 12 years. She has had a one to one Chromebook Classroom for the past two years and is continually working on creating a paperless classroom. Tracy is a Google Certified Teacher and also was a TIES Exceptional teacher... Read More →


Monday December 16, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am
Millennium Grand Center

11:00am

Is 1:1 the Only Way in Science?
Join peers as they share their 1:1 pilot experiences and how they have adapted the available technology to fit the science classroom even without a 1:1 environment. Bring your iPad or Chrome- enabled device and take away apps and ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Indermuehle

Robin Indermuehle

Advisor, SOAR Middle School
Robin Indermuehle has been teaching at SOAR Middle School for 5 years. Previously she taught High School Life Science and worked with At-Risk students. She grew up in Northern Minnesota where she developed a love of the natural environment. She works to convey this to students in... Read More →
avatar for Ann Perry

Ann Perry

SOAR HS Advisor/PLP & Online Course Coordinator, Northland Pines School District


Monday December 16, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am
Millennium Grand South

12:15pm

No Copy Machine? No Problem!
Learn how to make your classroom paperless using iPads. We'll show you how to use Schoology with iPads, Google Docs, digital portfolios and various iPad apps. Participants will need to create Schoology and Google Docs accounts before the session.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Brown

Andy Brown

Teacher, EdTech Mentor, Eau Claire (WI) Area School District
I am a 6th grade teacher passionate about technology integration and coaching/mentoring. I love integrating technology to personalize education to ensure that all students are learning. I enjoy mentoring teachers on technology integration. Proficient in: iPad Integration, flipped... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Wigdahl

Matthew Wigdahl

5th Grade Teacher, Flynn Elementary School
Currently in my 14th year of teaching at the elementary level, I have always been committed to bringing my students to the cutting edge of technology. I attribute my excitement and expertise to the day my dad brought home a TI-99/4A computer and I started writing BASIC code back... Read More →


Monday December 16, 2013 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Great Lakes Ballroom C

12:15pm

Publishing with the iPad in the K-2 Classroom
Find out how to use iPad apps to publish grade K-2 student work in new and exciting ways! Participants will create their own sample lessons so that they can use their new techniques as soon as they get back to the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Sterner

Jen Sterner

Title I Teacher & Technology Integrationist, So. Washington County Schools
Hi there! My name is Jen Sterner and I am a Title I Teacher & Technology Integrationist at Newport Elementary. I am very passionate about early education and spent part of my career piloting a pre-k program in the elementary school setting. As an educator, I find great satisfaction... Read More →


Monday December 16, 2013 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Millennium Grand North

1:30pm

Digital Citizenship in the Elementary Classroom
Explore online resources for teaching digital citizenship in the elementary classroom. We'll focus on bringing resources into daily lessons and routines, along with how to rewrite your district's acceptable use policy in student and grade-level friendly language and how to make it part of day-to-day conversation.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Peters

Maureen Peters

Technology Continuous Improvement Coach, Spring Lake Park Schools


Monday December 16, 2013 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Minnetonka

1:30pm

Use Google Spreadsheets to Create Interactive Timelines
Learn how your students can turn a boring Google spreadsheet into a beautiful and interactive timeline. This hands-on session will explore the open source program TimelineJS, a multipurpose portfolio tool that is easy and intuitive to use and provides an authentic and engaging publishing platform for your students.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Fritz

Becky Fritz

Science Teacher, Technology Integration Specialist, Hopkins Schools
Becky Fritz has been teaching science for 15 years and this is her fourth year in a classroom that’s 1:1 with iPads. She’s been in love with technology since she first learned how to program that turtle in Logo during elementary school. In recent years she has begun working... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Hahn

Debbie Hahn

Teacher, Digital Learning Coach, Hopkins North Jr. High
Debbie Hahn is a Teacher and Digital Content Specialist at Hopkins North Jr. High where every student has a district-issued iPad. She has been teaching junior high Social Studies for 15 years and has enjoyed the ride from 5.25” floppy disks to iPads, consistently trying to be creative... Read More →


Monday December 16, 2013 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Millennium Grand Center

2:35pm

Google Forms and Scripts for Assessment
See how simple tools in Google Forms with third-party scripts give individualized feedback to students and easily differentiate instruction. Set up formatting rules to give immediate visual feedback on student comprehension or use scripts to auto-grade form responses and effortlessly communicate with students.

Speakers
avatar for Cassie Knutson

Cassie Knutson

Chemistry Teacher, Beyond Benign
avatar for Pete Willcoxon

Pete Willcoxon

Instructional Technology Support, White Bear Lake Area Schools


Monday December 16, 2013 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Great Lakes Ballroom C

2:35pm

Twitter in the K-12 Classroom
Explore how to use Twitter to promote communication with students and parents, foster critical thinking skills and facilitate student interaction in the K-12 classroom

Speakers
avatar for Tricia Carlson

Tricia Carlson

Kindergarten teacher, Fridley IB World Schools
Tricia Carlson is a Kindergarten teacher at Stevenson Elementary in Fridley, MN. She enjoys finding new ways to integrate technology into her classrooms whether it be using the Smartboard, iPads, or social media. The past few years she has explored ways she can use social media... Read More →


Monday December 16, 2013 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Lake Superior A
 
Tuesday, December 17
 

8:00am

Flipped Digital Citizen Instruction
Create flipped digital citizen instruction with Edmodo, a free social media site. Come see how to create assignments and quizzes, manage classes and track student progress to modify instruction. It is fun, easy to use and students love it! Resources will be provided for grades 3-6.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Brimacomb

Mary Brimacomb

Library Media Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
Our students LOVE using Epic Digital books and yours will too!!!! I am passionate about learning, travel, and motivating students to develop a love of reading. I am a Library Media Specialist at Weaver Elementary, a Science, Math, and Technology School in District 279. Credentials... Read More →
avatar for Dawn French

Dawn French

Instructional Coach, Osseo Area Schools
Technology Integration Leadership Staff Development Peer Coaching


Tuesday December 17, 2013 8:00am - 8:50am
Minnetonka

11:00am

Come Tynker Around with Programming
Tynker is a fun, web-based programming environment for students as young as third-grade. We'll demo Tynker, talk about how to sign up and work through a lesson. Bring your laptop or tablet and learn a little coding!

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Thorstad

Jesse Thorstad

Technology Specialist, Fergus Falls Public Schools
I'm a tech coordinator in Fergus Falls, MN. I love pretty much anything tech-ed or gadget related and showing young and old alike how these tools work. I love disc golf, coaching Special Olympics, drones, Jeep Wranglers, Geocaching, and everything Apple. And Google. And disc golf.I'm... Read More →


Tuesday December 17, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am
Calhoun

11:00am

Creative, Real-Time Formative Assessments for iPads
Transform your classroom with three simple, powerful iPad apps. We’ll show you how to move away from your use of devices as consumption tools and toward their use as powerful creation tools that show what your students can really do.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Fritz

Becky Fritz

Science Teacher, Technology Integration Specialist, Hopkins Schools
Becky Fritz has been teaching science for 15 years and this is her fourth year in a classroom that’s 1:1 with iPads. She’s been in love with technology since she first learned how to program that turtle in Logo during elementary school. In recent years she has begun working... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Hahn

Debbie Hahn

Teacher, Digital Learning Coach, Hopkins North Jr. High
Debbie Hahn is a Teacher and Digital Content Specialist at Hopkins North Jr. High where every student has a district-issued iPad. She has been teaching junior high Social Studies for 15 years and has enjoyed the ride from 5.25” floppy disks to iPads, consistently trying to be creative... Read More →


Tuesday December 17, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am
Greenway D/E

11:00am

Leverage the iPad to Enhance Your Teaching
This hands-on, activity-filled session will focus on leveraging the web, differentiating learning and promoting creativity to enhance what you already do. The iPad has the ability to transform your classroom into something more dynamic, interconnected and personalized.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Friesen

Ben Friesen

Summits Team, EdTechTeam
After a distinguished career as a professional camper and environmental educator, Ben was a digital content specialist and taught junior high science for ten years. Ben is an Apple Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Educator - Level... Read More →


Tuesday December 17, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am
North Star Ballroom A

11:00am

Using Digital Tools to Provide Immediate Feedback
Discover digital tools used successfully by teachers for classroom formative assessment. These tools impact student learning by giving immediate feedback to students and staff. Some of the applications that will be modeled include Nearpod, Google forms and Schoology. Please bring your iPad or laptop.

Speakers
avatar for Trish Harvey

Trish Harvey

Digital Learning Coordinator, Lakeville Area Public Schools
avatar for Chris Myers

Chris Myers

Digital Learning Specialist, Lakeville Area Public Schools


Tuesday December 17, 2013 11:00am - 11:50am
Lakeshore C

12:15pm

Empowering Students to Use New Presentation Tools
Discover the exciting variety of presentation tools, including PechaKucha, Thinglink, Infogr.am, Easelly, Glogster, Animoto, Prezi and iMovie. We will discuss how to use these resources and how to encourage students to move from the PowerPoint comfort zone and create more engaging presentations.

Speakers
avatar for Callie Bush

Callie Bush

Science Teacher, IB Leader, Fridley IB World Schools
Hi! I currently teach 9th grade Physics at Fridley High School, but have taught a variety of sciences in grades 7-12 over the past 20 years. The focus of my professional practice is access and equity issues along with the use of standards-based assessment and grading practices. I... Read More →


Tuesday December 17, 2013 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Lakeshore C

12:15pm

Harness the Power of Social Media at Your School
Curious how social media can enhance your school’s professional learning community teams and provide professional learning? Hear how professional learning networks can increase capacity and professional growth in educators, and how you can enhance your learning using Twitter, Google+ and social media for professional development.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Ament

Michelle Ament

Director of Instruction and Professional Learning, Eden Prairie Schools
Passionate about innovative and creative ideas which are leading to the transformation and personalization of learning & teaching in a 1:1 technology environment.


Tuesday December 17, 2013 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Nicollet A

12:15pm

Middle School Literacy Goes High Tech
Learn how the middle school literacy classroom can be transformed into a technology-rich environment through the smart use of 1:1 devices, Google Apps for Education, Genius Hour and Common Core state standards.

Speakers
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Nancie Brennan

Teacher, Green Bay Public Schools
Interested in infusing technology into my classroom as a means to differentiate instruction.
avatar for Maggie Vonck

Maggie Vonck

Green Bay Area Public School District
I believe in creativity and think that students should wonder, research, sketch, collaborate and brainstorm in order to create their own learning.


Tuesday December 17, 2013 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Great Lakes Ballroom A1

12:15pm

QR Codes for Beginners
Get a quick and easy way to engage students with QR codes. Participants will experiment with creating and using QR codes in the classroom. We will dabble in a variety of QR code readers along with many ways to create QR codes for multiple purposes.

Speakers
avatar for Jodie Wilson

Jodie Wilson

Technology Integrationist, Saint Paul Public Schools


Tuesday December 17, 2013 12:15pm - 1:05pm
North Star Ballroom B

12:15pm

Tools to Flip Your Classroom
Give your learners processing time with flipped learning. This session will introduce online resources for students, teachers, curriculum coaches and administrators to begin to flip prepared material. We'll also look at how to create original material using YouTube, Screencast o’matic, SlideRocket, a Swivl camera and a document camera.

Speakers
avatar for Carla Haaven

Carla Haaven

Curriculum Technology Partner, Grand Forks Public Schools


Tuesday December 17, 2013 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Great Lakes Ballroom B

12:15pm

Transforming Instruction Through SAMR and UDL
How do you create professional development geared toward transforming instruction? Learn how the Mankato Area Public Schools combined the SAMR model and Universal Design for Learning to provide quality professional development for their teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Brovold

Tracy Brovold

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mankato Area Public Schools


Tuesday December 17, 2013 12:15pm - 1:05pm
Greenway H/I

1:30pm

1:1 iPads from the Student Point of View
Discover how students use iPads in a 1:1 environment. This session will show how an assignment can be given to a class and each student can complete the assignment in a different way, using an app that plays best to their strengths. Several apps will be reviewed.

Speakers
avatar for Diane Ulrich

Diane Ulrich

Technology Coordinator, Jackson County Central School District
Diane Ulrich is a Technology Coordinator for the Jackson County Central School District. She has been involved with the implementation of iPads since the iPad 1's were first introduced in the District. She also is responsible for the schools website, servers, network, including... Read More →


Tuesday December 17, 2013 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Millennium Grand North

1:30pm

Become a Digital Content Ninja
True digital ninjas focus on student learning, not which tools to use. This interactive sessions will challenge you to think outside the box as we tackle effective teaching practice in a digital world.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Bennett

Brian Bennett

Academic Solutions Engineer, TechSmith
I'm a former teacher (and still a teacher at heart) now working with TechSmith to help teachers become successful with digital content in their class.


Tuesday December 17, 2013 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Lakeshore C

1:30pm

Responsive Engagement Using Instant Data
Responsive engagement is providing meaningful activities to students, monitoring progress using instant data and modifying the activity to ensure success or to provide a greater challenge. Interactive responders will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own devices.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Wickenheiser

Brian Wickenheiser

Education Technology Consultant/Grade Six Teacher, Esko Schools
Brian Wickenheiser's 14 years of teaching experience include educating elementary and middle level students in both urban and rural school districts. He has made a focus of combining research-driven teaching practices and technology to help raise his district's sixth graders to the... Read More →


Tuesday December 17, 2013 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Millennium Grand Center

1:30pm

Work Smarter, Not Harder with Google Chrome and Drive
If you are looking for a new and easy way to manage your classroom, look no further! Come learn how Google Drive and Chrome changed one teacher's career. We will explore Google Drive, Chrome, Scripts, free apps and extensions, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Brock Libby

Brock Libby

Social Studies Teacher, St. Francis School District
Brock Libby has been teaching Social Studies for 9 years and enjoys the challenges that come along with it. His mantra "work smarter, not harder" has been the manifesto for his class and other areas of his life. Brock loves trying new technology (especially Google-based programs... Read More →


Tuesday December 17, 2013 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Nicollet B/C

2:35pm

Building a PLN One (Free) Click at a Time
Has traditional professional development left you feeling frustrated? Have you been searching for professional development tailored to your own needs and schedule? Look no further. The prescription is social media -- Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Edmodo and more. Side effects may include increased connectedness, renewed excitement and uncontrollable enthusiasm.

Speakers
avatar for Callie Bush

Callie Bush

Science Teacher, IB Leader, Fridley IB World Schools
Hi! I currently teach 9th grade Physics at Fridley High School, but have taught a variety of sciences in grades 7-12 over the past 20 years. The focus of my professional practice is access and equity issues along with the use of standards-based assessment and grading practices. I... Read More →


Tuesday December 17, 2013 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Lake Superior A

2:35pm

Engage Students with Google Maps Engine Lite
Learn to use Google Maps Engine Lite to get students working together, thinking critically and creatively to solve real-world problems, and sharing their work with an authentic public audience.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Ochsner

Melissa Ochsner

Technology Project Leader, Bismarck (ND) Public Schools
Melissa is a Technology Project Leader for the Bismarck Public School district in Bismarck ND. She leads teams in planning, implementing, & supporting technology end-user tools/applications. She promotes and assists educators in the use of district technology. Models technology integration... Read More →


Tuesday December 17, 2013 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Millennium Grand Center

2:35pm

Reading on iPads and Chromebooks: It’s All in Subtext
This demo-and-do session will give you a working understanding of Subtext, a game-changing app. Participants will upload free books, articles, PDFs and e-publications into the free app Subtext and learn to embed and differentiate instruction in the text, including discussions, questions, quizzes, polls, tagged highlighting, links, videos and photos.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Speicher

Sara Speicher

Digital Content Specialist, Hopkins Public Schools
Sara is a 9th grade reading and AVID teacher at Hopkins West Junior High School, Minnetonka, MN. Sara is a Tech Integration Specialist and a member of the Digital Content Team in the Hopkins School District. She is a Google Apps for EDU Trainer and has presented at conferences and... Read More →


Tuesday December 17, 2013 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Calhoun

2:35pm

Secure Your Passwords the Easy Way
Are you using “123456,” “password” or your pet’s name as passwords? You shouldn’t be. Bring your laptop or tablet. We will look at which password strategies are practical and easy to implement and discuss simple strategies for developing better passwords, securing them and keeping track of it all.

Speakers
avatar for Nathaniel Lindley

Nathaniel Lindley

Supervisor of Technology Services, Edina Public Schools
Technology Specialist at Edina Public Schools


Tuesday December 17, 2013 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Minnehaha

2:35pm

The Power of the Paperless Classroom
This session will provide an overview of free tools that can be used on school computers or in a 1:1 or BYOD setting to enhance student learning, collaboration and organization. Going paperless lets you easily assess students in real time.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Fritz

Becky Fritz

Science Teacher, Technology Integration Specialist, Hopkins Schools
Becky Fritz has been teaching science for 15 years and this is her fourth year in a classroom that’s 1:1 with iPads. She’s been in love with technology since she first learned how to program that turtle in Logo during elementary school. In recent years she has begun working... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Hahn

Debbie Hahn

Teacher, Digital Learning Coach, Hopkins North Jr. High
Debbie Hahn is a Teacher and Digital Content Specialist at Hopkins North Jr. High where every student has a district-issued iPad. She has been teaching junior high Social Studies for 15 years and has enjoyed the ride from 5.25” floppy disks to iPads, consistently trying to be creative... Read More →


Tuesday December 17, 2013 2:35pm - 3:25pm
Millennium Grand North